LYNWOOD, Calif. (June 14, 2007) --Paris Hilton was transferred back to an all-women’s jail because her condition was declared stable after a week in a medical ward, a sheriff’s official said Thursday.
Around 11 PM Wednesday, Hilton was taken to the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, and placed in the medical unit there. If all goes well, she will be returned to the jail’s special needs unit and released June 25, spokesman Steve Whitmore said at a news conference.
In regards to the timing of last night’s transfer, Whitmore said “inmates are moved at all times, 24/7.” He said that when the medical staff has their consultation, and then the inmate is processed, it takes some time. Therefore, they can be moved at any time of the day.
When Access Hollywood asked if it was normal to move someone at 11PM at night, he said “yes.”
Hilton, 26, began her 45-day sentence June 3 at Lynwood, where she was confined to a solitary cell in the special needs unit away from the other 2,200 inmates.
After three days, Hilton was sent home by Sheriff Lee Baca for an unspecified medical condition that he later said was psychological.
At the treatment center where she was taken a week ago after being returned to jail from home detention, she underwent medical and psychiatric exams to determine where she should be held.
Hilton’s case has caused a firestorm of criticism over whether the socialite was getting special treatment because the sheriff sent her home her after serving just three days of her sentence.
When Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer sentenced Hilton last month, he ruled she would not be allowed any work release, home detention or use of electronic monitoring to track her whereabouts.
The judge gave no explanation on June 8 of his ruling to send her back to jail but his comments throughout the hearing showed he was unhappy with Sheriff Lee Baca’s decision to set aside his instructions and release the celebutante and reality TV star to do her time in the luxury of her Hollywood Hills home with an electronic ankle bracelet.
Hilton left the courtroom in tears shouting, “It’s not right!”